In fact, she adds, the dog was once owned by a K9 officer. Although he's afraid of a lot of things nowadays, Ham's manners are still meticulous.
Heart heard about the German shepherd mix's situation when his owner started asking around if anyone wanted a dog.
Heart had a painful conversation with him, rife with excuses for not wanting the dog any more:
He escapes the yard too much. There's too much hair in the house. No one has time for the dog.
So, until the owner finds a family to take in Ham, the dog lives at the family's second home.
"He just sits in the front to watch people go by," Heart says.